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Hotel Rigel
Ranked #15 of 33 Hotels in Lido di Venezia
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

Really nice hotel located just off the main lido road, only a short 5 minute walk to the water bus station and a 10 minute water bus ride to the center of venice. Tickets for the water bus (vaporetto) only cost us 33 euros for 72 hours and its well worth the money as you can jump on and off the buses and travel round the islands as often as you want. Make sure you visit the glass making island of murano and the really pretty island of burano (google it!) which has all the houses painted different colours. We also visited the island of Torcello but there wasnt much there apart from deserted fields and farms and an old church so if your in a rush give it a miss! Venice is exactly how you imagine it, canals everywhere lots of little (expensive) shops and restaurants. If you go on a gondula make sure you insist on paying upfront otherwise once your sat in the boat they will double the price and rip you off! If we go to venice again would definitely stay at the hotel Rigel, the staff are really friendly and helpfull. Its nice to get away from overcrowded venice onto the smaller, calmer safe island of the lido and the restaurants are much better value for money!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 10, 2011

Venice is pricey, so even though this was our most expensive hotel (we also went to Florence and Rome), it was great value and the best by far. Yes, it's a boat ride away from the main attractions, but that is charming in itself. The hotel was very clean and our room spacious and comfortable, providing a quiet place to recharge our batteries after a day of walking through the streets and seeing the sights. We got a 48 hour waterbus pass which allowed us to go back and forth as we pleased (28 Euro each).

The buffet breakfast provided a good start to the day, with cereals, pastries, boiled eggs, meat and cheese, bread rolls, tea, coffee and juice. Properly set us up for the day ahead.

If we go back to Venice, I hope we get to stay here again.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank SparklyEvans
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Reviewed April 29, 2011

Very attractive and quiet location on the Lido. The hotel staff was friendly and very helpful. Very Clean.

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank sillebellis
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Reviewed April 25, 2011

This hotel is about a 30-35 minute boat ride from St Mark's Square but the savings in price more than makes up for the commute.

The hotel staff was kind, though some people did not speak/understand English very well, so brush up on your Italian before you stay here.

The room was small but comfortable and very charmingly decorated. The bed was very comfortable. I would definitely stay here again!

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled solo
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1  Thank metrocoyote
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Reviewed April 17, 2011

My husband and I have just been to Venice for the weekend and stayed 2 nights in this delightful hotel. Located on the Lido which is a delightful little island. I must say we probably stayed in their smallest room.... but it was as much as we needed and the room was obviously newly refurbished and spotlessly clean. The staff were friendly and helpful and breakfast was continental but sufficient. This hotel was good value for money!

  • Stayed: April 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank natalie3005
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Reviewed March 22, 2011

Like most, Venice has always been on the list of places to visit, and a four night deal at Hotel Rigel proved to be a ‘very’ affordable break. Located on the Lido di Venezia, a 10 minute Vaporetto ride from the main island, the hotel is set in a quiet location just off the main through road, a 5 minute walk from the Vaporetto & bus station.

Check-in was straight forward & friendly; although other reception staff seemed rather officious during the stay.

The room décor was actually to a higher standard then initially expected, finished with cushioned satin fabric walls and colour coded bedding & curtains presenting an almost boutique feel. The small en-suite wet room was basic but reasonably well finished.
That said, there were certain aspects (wardrobe & bathroom doorframe) that appeared well used & worn or just unfinished.
The bed, while a good size & equipped with soft quality sheets & blankets, was far too hard for comfortable sleep. Admittedly, while firmness is down to personal preference (I actually don’t mind firm but well sprung), this was the extreme! You could actually bounce a coin on it, no problems!

As per other reviews, noise from adjacent rooms and other guests (especially during the evening & at night) is a significant problem here. Doors are often slammed closed and conversations from other guests seem to reverberate around the stairwells and hallways.
Typically, most travellers go to Venice to see the sights, enjoy the ambience & hopefully get some good weather. Fresh air plus ‘lots’ of walking equals sleep. However, my sleep was all too frequently interrupted by the noise level. So be warned!

Unfortunately, the rooms have do not have tea or coffee facilities, so no refreshments unless you buy them yourself. However, there is a Billa supermarket just round the corner with all regular priced products. Nor is there an iron in the room (or hotel for that matter), so those travelling light will have to make do with some creases.

Again, as mentioned by others, the offerings presented at breakfast are woefully inadequate. Rest assured, I state this not hoping for a full cooked breakfast, but having travelled extensively through many other European countries, there are minimum expectations!
A single croissant and bread roll were waiter served (per guest) when seated, with the rolls being so stale they resembled rocks!
All other food offerings were presented on a trite and characterless buffet comprising sliced meat (just 2 types), sliced cheese (cheddar only), hard boiled eggs, tinned peaches & pears, a couple types of dried cereal, yoghurt, some packet biscuits and a selection of teas.
The so called machine dispensed fruit juice looked & tasted truly awful, worse than a budget fruit cordial. The breakfast alone really lets down the whole establishment.
The only positive each morning was the different types of freshly made coffee available, again made to order.

As the hotel is only B&B (promptly reminded by staff as you check-in), evenings were spent trekking round local restaurants on the main strip between the Vaporetto station and the beach. Perhaps a cross-over review, but still relevant here. I challenge you to spot any differences in the presented menus? Seriously, they’re all identical bar the price. Most of the so called authentic dishes knocked up in the Mom & Pop pseudo restaurants are for the tourist trade tasting bland & insipid. Service is often below par favouring the Italian clientele but still expecting a worthy gratuity! Best value tip is to actually opt for the fresh pizza, cheap @ 6-8E & well flavoured.
For much improved dining, head back over to the main island & scout around for a decent restaurant, yes there are some! Avoid the tourist traps, don’t pay over the odds & you’ll find some great food & genuinely friendly service. Try Caffé Ristorante Canel Grande by the Rialto Bridge for the fresh lobster, highly recommended.

Overall impression: Accommodation is comfortable with a reasonable degree of quality, certainly enough as a base to explore from. Some may say it’s too far from the main city, but it’s in a much quieter location and exceptional value for money despite the negatives.

  • Stayed: March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 1, 2011

Stayed here over one of the Carnevale weekends, when the area around San Marco and the Rialto is heaving with tourists - and I mean Oxford Street in the week before Christmas heaving. So it's incredibly peaceful to leave Venice behind in the evening for a 15/20 minute vaporetto ride across the lagoon to Venice Lido and to this hotel which is situated in a quiet side street 5 minutes from the vaporetto stop. Boats run til 12.30 in the morning and there is a night service, so it's always possible to stay out late. The Rigel is a nice, welcoming, warm hotel with largish rooms and quite a sumptious breakfast - and proper coffee too (which is not always the case). It's also great value for money. The Lido itself is probably more interesting than it looks at first sight, with quite a few peaceful streets and nice little canals. There are loads of reasonably priced pizzerias and trattorias on the Lido - but nothing special that I found. The Bar Materi just down the main street opposite the vaporetto stop is a nice place to have a night time drink - comfortable chairs, snacks, ice cream, prosecco - and not full of tourists either. On the Lido, everyone is just a bit more chilled

  • Stayed: February 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank Chris P
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Address: Via Enrico Dandolo Lido 13 | Lido Di Venezia, 30126 Lido di Venezia, Italy
Location: Italy > Veneto > Province of Venice > City of Venice > Lido di Venezia
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Lido di Venezia
Price Range: $102 - $302 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Rigel 3*
Number of rooms: 42
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel Rigel, built in the 60's, is situated on one of the most important islands of Venice. Its importance and uniqueness are due to being the only one facing the Adriatic Sea on one side and on the other the basin of St. Mark's, just before the historical Square of St.Mark's, centre of the ancient Republic of Venice. Another characteristic that makes it unique, compared to all other islands of the Lagoon, is the possibility to reach it by car, avoiding problems and costs of car-parking either in Mestre (mainland) or at the Tronchetto (car-park). The hotel has 42 rooms on three floors connected by lift. The rooms nearly all have classical-style furnishings, are luminous, some with a small balcony and all with bathroom, shower, air conditioning, telephone with direct outside line, satellite TV, and a wireless internet connection. There is an internet point in the Hall. The Buffet breakfast is open from 7,00 to 10,00 a.M. In the breakfast room on the ground floor, while the restaurant is only open for organised groups. The hotel bar is open 24 hours a day. ... more   less 
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Hotel Rigel Province Of Venice, Italy

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